Principal's Letter

On behalf of the Mission Basilica School community, I would like to welcome you to the home of the Swallows! Mission Basilica School is a Blue Ribbon school with a nurturing staff and rigorous academics aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Our school develops students with a strong sense of moral character and exceptional academic abilities who have the opportunity of being part of a history past, present and in the making. Here at Mission Basilica School, we recognize the uniqueness of each child, nurture their capabilities, provide them with opportunities to develop leadership skills and encourage them to achieve their optimal spiritual, academic, and creative potential. I hope you enjoy your tour of our school website, and we invite you to visit our campus.

Alycia Beresford , Principal

Author Visit

Children’s Author, Nicole DoNascimento Is impacting the world by sharing the power of giving and helping those in need through her heartfelt book - The Lucky Nickel. This heart-warming picture/lesson book (ages 4 - 6) is about a child who comes from a family with limited resources. The child plants a special nickel his father gave him and to his surprise, a tree flourishes with nickels! With this blessing, the boy plans to buy something big for himself but makes a different decision along the way when he finds himself running into others in need. Author, Nicole DoNascimento will visit MBS on Friday, March 6th to sign copies of her book and to discuss her poignant story with the students.

About Us

Mission Basilica School is a Catholic Parochial school with single grade classrooms from Kindergarten Readiness through Eighth Grade. A Blue Ribbon school for academic excellence, we are steeped in a rich heritage begun over 200 years ago by the Blessed Junipero Serra.


Ideally located on the beautiful grounds of the Mission San Juan Capistrano, the school site is nestled between the Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Jewel of the Missions, and the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, a National Shrine. We have been serving the communities of South Orange County since 1928.